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ARM CPU: Mediatek SoC for 8K Smart TVs goes into production


The Mediatek SoC S900 goes into mass production, like the chipmaker TSMC in a press release announces. Mediatek calls itself as largest chip supplier for smart TVsSo that the general availability of the SoC is likely to lead to a larger production of corresponding Smart TVs with 8K resolution. The relatively cheap technology of Mediatek could also lead to cheaper 8K smart TVs. Certified 8K devices should be ready by the beginning of next year.

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The SoC S900 itself consists of a cluster of ARM Cortex-A73 cores, with the manufacturer not naming the number of cores. As a graphics unit, a Mali G52 is to be used, which is interesting because the associated video unit V52 by ARM itself does not support 8K resolution.

This means that the decoder and display unit could possibly come from a third-party and will be integrated into its SoC by Mediatek. It is also possible to use ARMs V76 as a video unit. However, the media unit actually used does not name Mediatek. Technically, the chip should support an 8K resolution at 60 Hz or a 4K resolution at 120 Hz, the dynamic HDR format HDR10 + and HDMI 2.1.

There is also a proprietary unit as an AI accelerator. This is to support a face and scene recognition, in order to rework the displayed images. It should, among other things "Color saturation, brightness, sharpness, dynamic motion compensation and image noise" to improve. The chip is manufactured by TSMC with 12FFC (FinFet Compact). The process is already producing other Mediatek SoCs at TSMC, such as the Helio P60 or P90.